Mark Terry on Writing Novels for a Living

Mark Terry talks a lot about his life as a writer. In this post he talks about other people who write as a hobby (like me), and also asks if people think that writers are all rich because it seems like everyone is a New York Times Bestselling Author, or poor, beret-wearing, coffee shop haunting, struggling artists.

I recently interviewed a couple physicians who also write novels. It was a pleasant enough interview and their recent novel sounds interesting. What threw me a tiny bit–but probably shouldn’t have–about the interview was their acknowledgment that writing novels for them was essentially a hobby with relatively small financial gain.

Well, I know for me, writing is still essentially a hobby with relatively small financial gain. I’ve made some decent money from totally selling out Give Me The Rock, but other than that, I’m only breaking even on writing ($0 in, $0 out), and running a large negative time deficit.

As for the Rich vs. Poor argument, I feel like I read enough blogs by authors to see the gray area in between. Not sure if that makes me unique, or just enlightened, or just in a small minority of people polled.

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